I’m a senior software engineer and currently nearing the end of my six month probation. I believe I’ve performed well so far and have no reason to think my employment won’t be made permanent. However I’m deeply unhappy about how the work has panned out (especially in the last few months) since I’ve been made to do hardly any actual development and been made to do lots of testing type activities (originally I was primarily hired to be the lead on doing cloud development but this work keeps getting pushed back and I’m left to do work that’s way below my capabilities).
I seriously want to look for a new role in the upcoming weeks but I’m not sure how much indication I should give of my unhappiness of the situation during my end of probation review. I certainly don’t want to just quit without having another job offer so what advice would people have about how I express my concerns about the role to my boss? How tactful should I be?